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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

PONTIAC – A batch of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to the Livingston County Health Department, the mosquitoes were collected in Pontiac. West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of a common house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on ...Read more

Rochelle Railcar Plant to Close

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — A railcar manufacturing plant in northern Illinois is set to close as the factory building goes up for auction. Nippon Sharyo announced Thursday that it would be closing its Rochelle plant at the end of this month after a failure to deliver 130 bi-level Amtrak passenger ...Read more

Burglar Enters Home; Women’s Underwear Taken

AURORA – A man in Aurora is accused of a burglary on Wednesday in which he allegedly stole women’s underwear from a home. According to the Aurora Police Department just before midnight on August 15th they received a call from the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue from a homeowner who heard ...Read more

Heroin Overdoses in Ottawa

OTTAWA – 3 heroin overdoses within the last 30 minutes were reported in Ottawa today. According to the Ottawa Police Department the same batch of heroin is the cause for the 3 overdoses in just a short period of time. The Ottawa Police are asking everyone to share the information with any ...Read more

IVCC Approves Budget for 2019

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College is planning for an increase in their budget for 2019. Following a Thursday meeting, the IVCC Board announced that they had approved a $34.4 million budget for 2019, which will be an 8 percent increase over the previous year’s budget. ...Read more

Cherry Debuts New Art Installation

CHERRY – North Central Illinois Artworks will put up their 3rd installation of public art in Cherry. NCI ART President, Chris Coughlin teamed up with Chicago and Mendota based artist, Ray Paseka to help build a mural in appreciation to the community. According to Coughlin the goal of the ...Read more

Morris Woman Dies After Tire Blow Out on I-55

JOLIET – A woman is dead after a tire blew out on a minivan early Thursday morning. According to the Illinois State Police 54-year-old Linda Reynolds of Morris was traveling south on I-55 near Joliet when she lost control and collided with the center median. An SUV traveling southbound ...Read more